Council gives car dealer go-ahead

By Ryan Billingham - Enterprise Staff

Dec. 17, 2014

OCONOMOWOC It was a very short regular meeting of the Oconomowoc Common Council Tuesday without the debate that has dominated the past half-dozen meetings.

With the Fowler Lake Village issue resolved, the meeting was attended by very few people, some of whom spoke during the public comments section.

Lois Jackson, an outspoken opponent of Fowler Lake Village, thanked the council, as did another consistent voice against the project, Mark May, owner of May Garden Center, 132 E. Wisconsin Ave.

The council approved a conditional use permit for Right Way Auto Sales at 200 Silver Lake St., at the former Enterprise car rental site. The applicants, Tony and Donisha Nesbitt, plan on opening a car dealership there.

The original permit had several restrictions in place, including an agreement there will be no promotional materials such as flags or balloons on the lot, limiting the parking spaces to 10, and a ban on washing and waxing cars there.

Alderman Derek Zwart made a motion to remove the restrictions on waxing and washing cars, which passed. He said it seemed like an undue burden. Alderman Tom Strey agreed. Strey said Enterprise used to wash cars on the lot constantly and the number of cars on the lot will be significantly smaller than what Enterprise had.

The permit passed, with Alderman Mike Miller the lone dissenting vote. Before the vote he expressed apprehension over the traffic setup in the area.

The council amended the ordinance regarding ambulance service fees. It raised the fees about $50.